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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

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John Schiffman
Reuters Reporter
CSPAN 08/08/2013
Schiffman continued 2: raises questions. And what the agency has been instructed to do according to the documents we saw, is to create something called parallel construction. Which is once they make a case, they act as if they never got the information from SOD. So for example, they might get a tip that a drug dealer will be in a certain place at a certain time. And the agent is in the field from SOD. When an agent will follow a car and wait til it speeds or makes an unsafe lane change and they’ll make a pre textual traffic stop.
John Schiffman
Reuters Reporter
CSPAN 08/08/2013
Schiffman continued 3:They’ll pull the car over and lo and behold, they’ll find drugs inside but the only reason they knew to follow the car in the first place is because of the tip they got from SOD. The agents and the police in the field are ordered to recreate their investigative trails. So when they testify in court and they write their investigative report, they are supposed to leave out any trace at all that they got this tip from special operations division. The problem with that, say some critics, is that that means the defendant won’t have access to certain information that is part of their constitutional right to a fair trial.
John Schiffman
Reuters Reporter
CSPAN 08/08/2013
Schiffman: Today we published another story going back through some of -- Reuters is part of the same company as Westlaw, and going back through our databases, ironically. We found in the archives, instructions for IRS agents to do the same thing from the information that they get from the DEA. The SOD, it’s important to understand is, they have ice, immigration, customs enforcement, over there, the FBI is over there, IRS
John Schiffman
Reuters Reporter
CSPAN 08/08/2013
Schiffman continued 1A: the NSA, the CIA, secret service, they all desks over , they’re all partners over there with special operations division. All of these agencies are receiving some information. The big ones are the IRS, FBI, ice, and of course the DEA. Host: So all these agencies are passing on the information so the SOD, or is it reverse in which the SOD picks from the various agencies as far as information is concerned? Schiffman: it works
John Schiffman
Reuters Reporter
CSPAN 08/08/2013
Schiffman continued 2A: both ways. One of the reasons the DEA says this is perfectly legal, They say they do it every day. They call it a bedrock concept of law enforcement. Defense attorneys and former judges and at least a couple prosecutors tell us it shouldn’t be. Yes, so they pass it along. It works both ways. The DEA also says this is part of the connect the dots intelligence sharing that supposed to happen post-9/11.
John Schiffman
Reuters Reporter
CSPAN 08/08/2013
Schiffman: One thing the special operations division has is a database called dice. That is one with a coordinate and send information out nationally. It is an acronym. Seems to change a little. I cannot recall what the current iteration is. We have a lot of acronyms and Washington.
John Schiffman
Reuters Reporter
CSPAN 08/08/2013
Schiffman continued 1B: And what DICE is, is a database that is different from the NSA database in that, the DEA tells me it only includes information that is collected lawfully from search warrants and subpoenas and also from cases incident to arrest. If they are investigating you for drugs and they did a subpoena and got your phone records, all the numbers you've dialed and all the numbers that dial you would be put in the database. And then if they are investigating me, they would do the same thing. They would get a subpoena
John Schiffman
Reuters Reporter
CSPAN 08/08/2013
Schiffman continued 2B: or search warrant and get all of my email and all of my phone records. Not the contents of the call but just the metadata, how long I called, whatever is on your phone bill essentially but very much like that. Then they will put both of our -- they’ll do that for every drug case in the united states and take that information and put it into the database.
Peter King
U.S. Senator, R-New York, Homeland Security Committee
CNNW 08/09/2013
King response to Pres. Obama's Press conf. on 8/9/13: This is a terrible failure of leadership. This is the NSA version of the Obama apology talk. This is a successful program. The NSA program is successful. Yesterday the president is allowing Edward Snowden to pull the puppet strings. This man is a traitor to our country and the president somehow feels he has to cater to him. For the last two months since this issue has been out there, the president has been AWOL, MIA. he's been silent.
Peter King
U.S. Senator, R-New York, Homeland Security Committee
CNNW 08/09/2013
King: No president. Nobody from the administration actively defending this program. And In a time of war we’re suddenly setting up a task force to tell him what he should be doing. Can you imagine Franklin Roosevelt or harry Truman or Winston church hill doing this? We’re at war. And he wants to make reforms or changes, every program we have is always susceptible to some reform. But to be silent about it and suddenly jump because Edward Snowden has
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